Comparison of SearchBlox Vs Google Mini

SearchBlox is a great solution for website search. A number of our customers have implemented search functionality on public websites using SearchBlox.

One of the questions that we are often asked is – how does SearchBlox compare with Google Mini for website search? Here is a detailed comparison of features:

SearchBloxGoogle Mini
Number of documents supportedUnlimited300,000
PriceUS$5,000 per serverPrice per server
50k documents – $2,990
100k documents – $3,990
200k documents – $6,990
300k documents – $9,990
SupportIncluded in the license cost2 years of support included in appliance price.
Requires purchase of new appliance after 2 years
Open standardsYes. Based on Apache Lucene.No
Search Results
Relevance rankingYesYes
Sort by dateYesYes
Sort by alphabetical orderYes. On document title.No
Sort OrderAscending or descending
for date, relevance and alphabetical sort
Ascending or descending for date sort
Query terms highlightedYesYes
Dynamic summariesYesYes
Highlighting PDF hitsYesNo
Promote specific pages in search resultsYesYes
Crawling
Crawl third party websitesYesNo
Index multiple files types including HTML, PDF and OfficeYesYes
Languages suported3728
Filter by file types, meta tags, websitesYesYes
Crawl password protected contentYesYes
Form-based authenticationYesNo
Duplicate removalYesNo
Proxy server supportYesYes
Administration
Web-based Admin ConsoleYesYes
Remote managementYesYes
Multiple CollectionsYesYes
Add/Delete/Update specific URLs in real-timeYesNo
Search results XSLT customizationYesYes
Web based reportsYesYes
Full replication/mirroringYesNo
Integration
XML Search results outputYesYes
Indexing APIYesNo
Search Queries
Spelling SuggestionsYesYes
StemmingYesNo
Enable/disable stemmingYesNo
Customize stopwordsYesNo
Wildcards supportYesNo
Concept Search (Clustering)YesNo
Search across collectionsYesYes
Advanced searchYesYes